The 1986 NBA draft redone: Where does Jazz fan favorite Jeff Hornacek land? (24 items)
From the passing of Len Bias only hours after the draft to the death of Drazen Petrovic in a car accident seven years later, the 1986 draft class was filled with tragedy at just about every turn. Add in a handful of drug-related suspensions and it is clear to see that the potential that came out of the ’86 draft was never fulfilled. The ’86 draft was 162 picks over seven rounds with the first round consisting of 24 picks. Of the 162 players selected, 68 of them played in the NBA, according to basketball-reference.com. Of the 68 players to play in the NBA, Alexander Volkov (sixth round, 134th overall) was the player taken with the lowest pick in the draft to play in the league.
Even with all of the problems surrounding the ’86 draft class, there were still plenty of bright spots. There were five All-Stars and three players who were inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Note: three key players who helped to make the NBA a truly international league were all drafted in ’86 (Drazen Petrovic, Arvydas Sabonis and Alexander Volkov).
1 of 24. 24. Billy Thompson
For his career, Thompson averaged 8.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and nearly a block in 300 games (149 starts).
2 of 24. 23. Harold Pressley
For his career, Pressley averaged nine points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists and nearly a steal in 299 games (118 starts).
3 of 24. 22. Kenny Gattison
For his career, Gattison averaged 7.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and nearly an assist in 494 games (130 starts).
4 of 24. 21. Larry Krystkowiak
Krystkowiak played nine seasons for the Spurs, Milwaukee Bucks, Utah Jazz, Orlando Magic, Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers. His best season came with the Bucks in 1988-89 when Krystkowiak averaged 12.7 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.2 steals in 77 starts.
For his career, Krystkowiak averaged 8.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 420 games (134 starts).
5 of 24. 20. Buck Johnson
For his career, Johnson averaged 9.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 505 games (296 starts).